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Re: Why mountains are there

by Dan Shorb » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:08 am

Baarb wrote:I just started wondering how many climbers/mountaineers there are out there that find themselves interested in how the thing they are climbing got there in the first place. For me as someone with a background in geology/geophysics I habitually muse on things like the motion of tectonic plates, deposition, uplift, erosion, volcanism etc. Do other people do this when they're out and about or do such things normally take a back seat to more pressing matters like the actual climbing?

I found a great resource for Teton geology, and it proves Pikes Peak is older:


But one of my faves is Austin Post's Glacier Ice book:


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by lcarreau » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:55 am

I want to know how this thread suddenly veered (way) off course towards Religion.

It's NOT a secret. Everybody knows who the Gods of Summitpost are, which leaves an "unanswered" question:

If God created the mountains, then WHO in the hell created the Sasquatch and the Yeti ... ???

Inquiring minds want to know.


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by Bruno » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:29 am

lcarreau wrote:[...] which leaves an "unanswered" question: [...] WHO in the hell created [...] the Yeti ... ???

Why not ask him directly who his parents are? :?:

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by SpiderSavage » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:39 am

Don't you hate it when religious nuts derail a perfectly good conversation about science?

Just to put it back, I'd like to say there is nothing nicer the gneiss. Granite is so boring, so consistent. Gneiss is always twirling and flowing back and forth, with so many interest crystals and intrusions.

Metamorphics are by far my favorite. I can't look at them without wondering what they could tell if we could really read their story. Tails of ancient mountains, eroded into seas, buried deep and pushed down, melted and the uplifted, cooled and formed into the high peaks of the Sierra. The rocks of the east ridge of Mt Gould, above Onion Valley, are particularly amazing.


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